Pierce Was Only Celts Star To Sign In LA (Video)

Wednesday, as the Boston Celtics were leaving the Beverly Wilshire Hotel for what turned out to be a 94-85 victory over the Clippers, most of Boston's stars walked right past awaiting fans seeking an autograph or photo from one of the NBA's marquee teams.  One of the exceptions was 10-time All-Star and Inglewood (CA) product Paul Pierce.

While players like Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo made a b-line to the awaiting charter buses (click the links to see the original video), Pierce stopped to sign for the group. Pierce was all business, while still being courteous and attentive to those folks who were more than thrilled to receive his signature.

Take a look at the scene, per the above iFolloSports.com original video.

After sliding to the tenth overall pick in the 1998 NBA Draft, the former Kansas Jayhawk has put together a professional career that will almost certainly culminate with enshrinement into the National Basketball Hall of Fame, located 91 miles west of Boston's TD Garden, in Springfield, Massachusetts.

For his career, Pierce is averaging 22.1 points, 6 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.5 steals per game. For years, these efforts were rewarded with mediocrity in the win column, due in large measure to Boston's revolving door of so-so players throughout much of the 2000's.

Since the arrival of Garnett and Ray Allen, prior to the 2007-2008 season, Pierce and company have played in two NBA Finals, winning the 2008 title versus the Los Angeles Lakers.

While the acquisitions of KG, Allen and Rajon Rondo have contributed significantly to Boston's success of the past few years, without question, the foundation of this era of Celtic revitalization has been Pierce.

Pierce will forever live as one of the great players in the history of one of the most iconic franchises in all of sports. No wonder fans of the NBA are so excited for the opportunity to share a minute of this understated legend's time.

 

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